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Hi from Russ

posted by Russ in Welcome

Hi I am Russ. I keep freshwater tanks and a pond--peaceful community fish like giant danios, tetras, and killifish-- and goldfish in the pond. I hope the ability to edit profiles is added soon so I can put up a picture avatar. Maybe not of me... my fish are prettier.

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TFAdmin - 2 years ago
Hi Russ, welcome to TropicalFish.io!
khanhtran123 - 2 years ago
Hi Russ. Nice to meet you. Let's help each other out
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Betta fish

posted by Russ in Freshwater Fish

Does anyone else here have betta fish? I have Groo who lives in a 20g tank with a few tetras and yoyo loaches. Some fish keepers look down on bettas but I think they are some of the most interested fish not only in looks but also their inquisitive and active behavior. They only thing I don;t like is fish with excessively large fins so they can't move around properly.

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khanhtran123 - 2 years ago
I actually nursed it before in a small container. It's better to keep them in the dark so they have a good color. Dont grow a lot together as they will fight each other. The one losing will have its color fading away
Martinsx - 2 years ago
Try as much as possible to get a bigger fish tank, from my experience with breeding fishes, they love having lots of space and freedom to swim about in the fish tank,
wallet - 2 years ago
I was a beginner and I bought 5 betta fish in a small aquarium, in the morning only two were alive, I didn't know they will fight until killing one each other.
Russ - 2 years ago
There is sometimes a bit of an "attitude" about betta fish, but I think they have some of the most interesting behavior and personalities of freshwater fish. Given enough room they are very inquisitive and active. And they do have a lot of interesting colors and forms--but I agree with OP that those with excessively long fins are effectively prevented from moving around normally and I don't like that.
Cupang - 1 year ago
I raised betta fish in the past as a hobby. They're easy to breed and crossing between types was a lot of fun.

Sadly, things came up and I couldn't find time to care for them anymore. I let the fishes go in a pond near my house. Maybe some of them are still thriving in there.
Camrey - 1 year ago
Bettas can be quite territorial, and may end up attacking each other if they're stressed or in too small of a tank, so I like to keep mine in bigger set-ups. I'm not sure if it works, but I stuck the picture of a really big fish against my aquarium overnight when my fish were getting used to the tank. Haven't had a fight happen between any of them since.
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Why would an angel pair stop breeding?

posted by Russ in Freshwater Fish Breeding

I have a pair of angelfish that grew up from juveniles and over a year ago they paired up. The laid and fertilized eggs twice but did not succeed in raising them. They got some through to free-swimming but then I think they ate them. Not so unusual, I think, for a new pair. But then they stopped any breeding behavior and it's been that way for about a year now. I would have expected them to give it a few more goes?

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TFAdmin - 2 years ago
Have you checked your water parameters?

One way I used to get my Discus, distant cousins of Angelfish, to breed was to first feed them heavily with live food like black worms or frozen bloodworms, cleaning up anything that was not eaten. After a a week of heavy feeding, I would do a water change, about 30% to 50% with aerated RO water that was softer, acidic and slightly cooler than the current tank temperature, doing this routine usually got my Discus spawning...

HTH
Martinsx - 2 years ago
I think that the environmental situation of the fish pond or fish tank is causing them to stop breeding. Some of the fishes might be suffering from one health problem or another which most likely will be casing them not to breed. I would suggest that you should check them out very well and determine where the problem is coming from. Also make sure to feed them well and properly and try cleaning out any dirt and debris from the pond.
wallet - 2 years ago
I guess you have too many fish in your fish tank and your angelfish pair feel stressed and they will not pair anymore if they are agitated and their color changed this may be the problem.
Jomjom - 2 years ago
Yeah. I guessed that your the place is too crowded for them and it caused stress to your fish. I might as well suggest that you observe the situation. You can experimentally separate those pairs and see if that works. Fishes are in general, become stressful in a crowded environment, especially angelfish.One thing also, is to avoid any disturbance when it comes to breeding season.
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Angelfish tail spots

posted by Russ in Freshwater Fish Disease & Treatment

Just one of my angelfish has always had these spots on her tail. They have been there almost a year with no other signs of problems with her or the others. However it just looks to me like some kind of parasite situation. I can't find anything that is a good match for this and would be very interested on your opinions.

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Russ - 2 years ago
I tried to attach a picture but from what I can see that hasn't worked. Hopefully you will be able to see the picture with this link https://ibb.co/m9DO1o -- it goes to a free file sharing site.
sheriff - 2 years ago
I would propose that you use antibiotics to treat the spots. You should also try to change water in the pond.
acetrop001 - 2 years ago
Usually a common cause for fish diseases is hygiene. So we just have to inspect the quality of our fish tanks/aquarium and replace it with cleaner water. In my case, I change water twice a week since it doesn't have any filter. If it'sabout something else then we can use tabs appropriate for the fish disease.
wallet - 2 years ago
Try to change the water more often, how many fish you have in your fish tank maybe your tank is overpopulated if this not your problem than I think you should do 25-30% partial water changes every other day.
blackmist - 2 years ago
If it's been their for too long but no bad things happen to your fish then I think it's not that serious. But you can try to consult professionals for them to diagnose your pet just to make sure that it is really okay.
Dannyland - 2 years ago
I agree that the common cause of fish diseases is poor hygiene. Owners must always check the condition of their aquarium or tanks. The life of the fish depends on its temporary habitat, which is your aquarium, we must take responsibility as an owner to keep them clean and also maintain a proper feeding schedule. Fish cannot live without food that's a common thing for all living things so as a pet owner we must be responsible in feeding them on time. If we take good care of our pet fishes, then their life span will be longer.
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